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Weekly Devotional: Have a Hungry Heart for God

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” – John 6:33-35

We are all trying to find our purpose in life. We are all looking for fulfilment. We want to know what is best for our lives and often do not know how to find those answers. Here is why we should stay hungry for God and always keep his promises in mind.

Your Heart Feeds off of What You Are Surrounded by

Notice what you are surrounded by and the people that you have in your life. Are the people you hang out with good influences? Do they have good morals? Do they live like Christ and bring you closer to God? These are all questions that you should ask and if you find that some of the answers are no, then it might be time to reevaluate and make some changes in your life.

“Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” – Ezekiel 33:11

Negativity Brings in Negativity

If you have anything negative in your life, it will only bring more negativity into it. If you associate with anything negative, it will bring more negativity into your life. Are you listening to lies? Are you living in toxic relationships? Giving into temptation? These are all negative and you should be aware of these types of actions and how they affect your life.

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Positivity Brings in Positivity

Just like with negativity, if you have positive things in your life and associate with positive things, there will be more positivity brought into your life. Small positive daily actions include prayer, being with Jesus, grace, having a biblical community and positive and life giving relationships.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29

Fill Yourself With God and Less of Yourself

Evaluate what you are putting into your life. Are you filling your life with godly things and living as a godly example and spreading his love? The more that you fill your life with Jesus, the more positivity and growth you will see in your life. You will be able to spread light and love to others through him. Spend less time trying to control things yourself and trust God to take care of things and everything will work out better than you could ever imagine.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” – Matthew 6 :33

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog

About Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kennedy Lane is a Junior at Grand Canyon University and currently studying professional writing with a minor in business. She aspires to combine her love for writing and editing into a job in the journalism or publishing industry. In her free time, you can find writing at a local coffee shop while sipping on a latte or laughing with her friends. She believes that everyone can be creative and has something to offer the world.

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